On Friday evening, The Avalanches brought their Australian neo-psychedelica hip-hop sounds to Manchester's Albert Hall and it was as weird and wonderful as you could possibly expect!
The setting was pretty much perfect for their show. Manchester's Albert Hall maintains its character from back when it was a Wesleyan chapel sat in the city centre, giving any gig you attend there an other-wordly atmosphere. The acoustics in the grand hall are great for hip-hop and electronic sounds and the stage is raised high enough to be able to view no matter where you're stood or how tall the ridiculously tall person is who inevitably stands in front of you.
They burst on with some of their biggest banners, such as 'Because I'm Me' & 'Frankie Sinatra' and Eliza was showing off her skills, belting out the words and dancing around the stage with all the energy of a 7 year old running off lemonade.
The gig was very cover-heavy, with some unexpected tunes thrown in. The Clash’s 'Guns Of Brixton' particularly stood out as they gave it a fresh new sound of their own.
Older tunes like 'Radio' & 'Flight Tonight' were the ones that really went down a storm, as the heavily compressed beats turned the atmosphere slightly darker and the crowd became more entranced by the magic happening in front of them.
Our only complaint is that we wanted more! The set lasted only just over an hour long and with 2 albums of material, the audience definitely expected at least 4 or 5 more tunes and were not ready to cut their dancing short. The set felt more like it was tailored for the length of time expected from a festival performance. We'll excuse them since it is festival season and they were all set to knock it out of the park at Glastonbury the following day!